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21st July

Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/AP
International Game Q3 Profit Sinks

Reno, Nevada           Yahoo/PRNewswire
International Game Technology Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2005 results
IGT's shipments dropped from 35,100 units in the 3rdQ of 2004 to 24,100 in 2005. The company amost sold as many machines Internationally as into the U.S. market.
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Isle of Man & Antigua ?           The Times Online
Online bookmaker claims US winning ticket
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Guernsey           The Guernsey Press & Star
Casino future hits stalemate - CASINO plans have reached a stand-off

Port Canaveral, Florida           Florida Today
Port, ships OK sewage pact - Gambling vessels will discharge their wastewater farther offshore

London           ThisisMoney/London Evening Standard & CityWire
Tables turn against London Clubs
London Clubs sees red but support remains

London           Yahoo UK/AFX
London Clubs swings into red, earnings dented by high-roller payouts
London Clubs fails to rule out merger, shares jump

London           Best Invest/
London Clubs International plc - Preliminary results for the year ended 27 March 2005
LCI have reported disappointing results for 2004/2005 with Les Ambassadeurs taking big hits in January and February. The company now has 4 additional provincial gaming licenses for operations in Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham and Blackpool.
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Liverpool           Best Invest/
Stanley Leisure plc. - Notification of interests of directors

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
We're at 117 and still cooking - Tuesday temperature ties mark for highest ever recorded here
Las Vegas recorded a temperature of 117 degrees (47.2 Celcius) on Tuesday, 19th June tying the highest temperature ever recorded back on 24th July, 1942.

Las Vegas 
Heat Wave Blamed for Valley Deaths

San Diego           San Diego Union-Tribune
SDSU to get Sycuan gaming institute

Connecticut           The Day
Ex-Mohegan Sun Official Aids Gambling Opponents

Victoria, B.C. 
Government adequately managing risks in B.C.'s gaming business, says report
British Columbia Lottery Corporation sets all operating standards for casinos in the Province.

Jakarta, Indonesia           The Jakarta Post
Firman defends failure in curbing gambling

Israel           Globes Online
Smith Barney: PartyGaming should buy Empire Online
Empire Online already worth $1 billion - 18th July.

Phoenix, Arizona           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Aztar Reports Second-Quarter 2005 Results
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20th July

Malaga, Spain           Independent Online/sapa
Spain detains 295 people in lottery scam

Suspected Bank Robber Caught At Casino

Washington           Las Vegas Sun & Las Vegas Review-Journal
Ensign aims to keep casinos from native Hawaiians
Ensign blocks legislation on Hawaiian sovereignty

California           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Spectre Gaming Signs Agreements With Three More California Tribes

Kingston, Jamaica           The Jamaica Observer
Supreme going after $20 billion gaming lounge market

Croatia & London  &
CUBUS LUX PLC - Opening of a third casino
Cubus Lux opens third Croatian casino
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Düdingen, Switzerland 
Escor steigt aus Automaten-Aufstellgeschäft in Gaststätten aus

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Rio flush with success

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Casinos 'stubbing their toes' with marketing experiments - Expert points to worst promotions in past year
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Barstow, California           San Bernadino Sun
Deal nears for 2 tribes to run Barstow casinos

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Purchase of Assets from Spur Gaming Systems

Colorado Springs, Colorado           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Century Casinos Announces Shipboard Casino Developments

London & Costa Rica 

Jakarta           The Jakarta Post
Police lose big catch in fight against gambling

Sydney, Australia  Australian
Casino the target of extortionist

19th July

Madrid, Spain & France           The Times Online
Beckham betting case dismissed

Atlantic City           Hong Kong Standard
K Wah to add 5,000 workers in Macau
Galaxy Resorts now under the control of K Wah intends to build and open 3 additional casinos over the next 12 months.

Atlantic City           Yahoo/Business Wire
Mark Juliano Named Chief Operating Officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.

Prince Edward Island, Canada           The Guardian
ALC sets gaming age at 19 for entertainment centre

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
VendingData™ Receives Approval from Nevada Gaming Control Board for Refinements to Its PokerOne™ Shuffler

U.S. Poker           Pasadena Star News - Columnist opinion
Poker invasion poisoning our sports pages

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee & Las Vegas Sun
Harrah's Entertainment cuts pit boss jobs in Las Vegas
Company eliminates pit boss position 

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Business Press - David McKee
Barrick casinos keep changing hands
Interesting story. Companies can apparently own casinos in Nevada without actually having to obtain a gaming license.
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Victoria, Australia           World Socialist Website
Australia: Victorian Labor government scraps gambling research

Hong Kong           Yahoo Australia/Dow Jones & IHT/Bloomberg News
K Wah Independent Shareholders OK Galaxy Acquisition
K. Wah moves forward on Macao casino buyout
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Melbourne           ABC News Online & The Herald Sun
PBL gets permission to expand gambling empire
Crown Casino spins the globe

Sydney           The Melbourne Age, ABC News Online & Sydney Morning Herald
Mars extortion bid aimed at casino
Casino embroiled in chocolate extortion
Police reveal MasterFoods extortion target
Sydney's Star City Casino is apparently at the center of an extortion plot that also involves chocolate bar manufacturer MasterFoods.

Macau           Peoples Daily Online/Xinhua
Macao's casino tax income soars 25% in first half of year
The 17 casinos paid 8.15 billion patacas tax (U.S.$1.01 billion) in the first six months of 2005. Casinos pay 35% of gross gaming win directly to the Macau Government.

Victoria, Australia           World Socialist Website
Australia: Victorian Labor government scraps gambling research

Detroit           Detroit News
Casinos rake in deserted jackpots
Uncashed slot tickets. $650,000 in total since 2003.

Rhode Island           Boston Herald
R.I. adds slots at two sites

Liverpool           Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman & Manchester Evening News
Stanley gambles millions on more one-arm bandits
Stanley's sporting ill-luck hits profits
Stanley's £100m revamp

London & Rhode Island           Best Invest/
Wembley plc - Completion of U.S. sale process and share repurchase
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Rhode Island           Business Wire
BLB Investors, L.L.C. Acquires Wembley plc's U.S. Operations

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun - Liz Benston
Binion's mulls its future in poker
Reno plans, Vegas power drive Station Casinos stock

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Wins 869 Honors in Casino Player's Best of Gaming Awards

Las Vegas & London           Yahoo/Business Wire
Shuffle Master, Inc. and TCS Announce Arbitration Settlement
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18th July

Swansea           ThisisSouthWales/Evening Post
License gets wheels turning for casino

Liverpool & London           Reuters UK, The Scotsman & icLiverpool
Stanley to invest 100 million pounds in casinos
Stanley Leisure takes £100m gamble on revamping casinos
Stanley ups casino stake

An excellent PDF presentation containing the preliminary results plus gaming and casino related statistics can be found at the Stanley Leisure website.

London           Financial Express & Interactive Investor/AFX
TV Commerce Holdings PLC - Launch of new mobile casino in a joint venture TV Commerce
TV Commerce launches mobile phone casino games on Sky tv - up 47% to 7p this morning.

London            ThisisMoney/Evening Standard & Interactive Investor/AFX
Fortune favours Stanley in casinos
Stanley Leisure profit drops 4 pct on adverse sporting results

Singapore  - Update 3. & USA Today/AP
Singapore's Raffles hotel group sold at $859 million
Raffles hotel and resort chain sold
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Liverpool & London           Reuters UK
Casino firm Stanley Leisure profit down 4%
Stanley Leisure profits slip

Liverpool           Best Invest/
Stanley Leisure PLC Preliminary Results - 'Maximising Deregulation Opportunities'
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Singapore           Reuters
Raffles Holdings confirms to sell hotels business
Colony Capital to buy hotels for around $1 bln

Singapore           Business Wire
Colony Capital in Agreement to Purchase 41 Luxury Hotels from Raffles Holdings

Indonesia           The Jakarta Post
Police urged to arrest gambling bosses
Gambling remains rife in West Java
Housewives support anti-gambling campaign

Indonesia is the third Asian country to launch a national crackdown on gambling related activities following on from China & the Philappines.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia           New Straits Times
Gaming syndicates lose out

Atlanta, Georgia           MSNBC/AP
Newsstands flush with poker magazines - Story on newswires for several days now.

Ireland           Belfast Telegraph
Ulster player in £1m poker success...As Aussie wins £4.28m first prize

17th July

Macau & Hong Kong           The Hong Kong Standard
Stockholders to decide fate of K Wah buy

Johannesburg           Business Report
Johnnic-HCI wrangling puts sale of Tsogo on ice
Johnnic will need some magic to escape HCI's hostile spell

Singapore           Channel News Asia
Police smash illegal gambling syndicate, 13 arrested in islandwide raids

Fargo, North Dakota           Billings Gazette/AP
Woman gets 27 months for N.D.'s largest gambling fraud - Big numbers !

Dublin           Sunday Life
Poker man wins 1.750m dollars - Andy Black who was 5th in the WSOP final.

Thailand & Poipet, Cambodia           The Bangkok Post
Regional police chief says border crossing rules must be enforced

Immigration police are apparently being given new instructions to stop Thai's from crossing the border to gamble in Cambodia.

London           Sunday Herald
Daily dose of betting information looks a sure thing - The Sportsman

Gaming Investments 
Billionaires - Your Loss, Their Gain

Forbes has come up with 9 famous individuals who have a net worth over $1 Billion. There are however a half dozen more in Asia & elsewhere that must also be in the running.

Mississippi           The Clarion-Ledger
State panel OKs 3 casino projects totaling $500M
The report also has a breakdown of the average salaries in Mississippi for casino staff.

Malaysian & London           The Malaysian Star
How casinos in London and Las Vegas roll out the red carpet for VVIPs
How Osu frittered away those millions
At least 10 other Malaysians are big debtors

London           Reuters
Betfair appoints advisers for IPO - papers

Las Vegas           New York Daily News, The Guardian & Australian Daily Telegraph
Aussie flops record prize - Hachem nets $7.5M in epic WSOP finale
Hachem walks away with $7.5m
$10m poker win: Joe keeps a straight face

WSOP Final - Websites with specialist coverage

16th July

Adelaide           The Advertiser
Drug incidents put casino licence at risk

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
Australian Poker Pro Joseph Hachem Wins $7.5 Million in Longest World Series of Poker World Championship Event
According to the Hendon Mob money list, prior to the final Joe Hachem was in 324th place with winnings of $25,850.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun/AP - Adam Goldman
Australian wins final table of World Series of Poker
Two players left at final table of World Series of Poker

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP & USA Today - Adam Goldman
Australian Wins World Series of Poker
Hachem bests World Series of Poker field to win $7.5 million
Australian Joseph Hachem takes the title from Maryland based Steven Dannenmann. The winning hand being a 7-high straight.

U.S.            Yahoo/AP
Poker Boom Spawns 10 New Magazines Along With Televised Tournaments, Internet Games
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ACentral City, Colorado  Mountain News
Casinos still a gamble - Parkway boosts Central City, but some parlors falter
Scarlet's Casino and The Teller House casino both only opened in February 2005.

Australia            The Melbourne Age
Aussie's million-dollar winning hand

Las Vegas           L.A. Times/AP - Adam Goldman
Four Players Battle at Final WSOP Table
Checking on at 14.40 CET there are three players remaining. They also have an amazing photo of the $7.5 million first prize - it just fits on one table!. Harrah's shotgun weilding security guards are very nicely attired in suits and ties. :)
Seat 1: Joe Hashem 16.7 million.
Seat 2: Tex Barch 12 million.
Seat 3: Steve Dannenmann has 25 or 26 million.

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Review-Journal
Poker contestants in deliberations - Five unknowns remain in World Series at Binion's staring at $7.5 million top prize

Jakarta, Indonesia           The Jakarta Post
Police accused of only raiding small gambling dens
'Police can't wipe out gambling alone'
Police hold internal gambling probe
Jakarta councillors in talks to legalize gambling

London           Daily Telegraph
Betfair appoints two advisers ahead of flotation

London & Pontypridd, Wales           The Times
Ladbrokes punts £76m on purchase of Welsh bookmaker

Amazingly, Jack Brown has 141 offices and over 500 employees but appears to have no website.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire, Las Vegas Sun/AP & LVR-J
Juliano Resigns As President of Caesars Palace
Former Caesars Palace president to join Trump organization
Exec from Caesars to join Trump

Tunica, Mississippi           NBC15/
Man Convicted In Heist At Casino Gets Over 12 Years In Prison

15th July

London & Wales           BBC Wales, icWales/South Wales Echo & Manchester Evening News
£76m payday in bookies' takeover
It's the end for Jack Brown
Ladbrokes takes over rival in £76m deal

London           Best Invest/

London           Observer/Guardian - 10th July
Deedes takes punt on a daily
The Sportsman, scheduled to launch next spring if they can get their mits on £12 million.

Las Vegas           Yahoo/PRNewswire
World Series of Poker Begins Last Day of Action; Final Nine at World's Most Prestigious Poker Tournament Includes Players from the United States, Sweden, Australia and Ireland
Original field: 5,619    Prize Money: $22,950,000 remaining    First prize: $7,500,000.

The final table and chip counts are as follows...

Aaron Kanter 27  California $10,700,000
John Derick Barch 34 Texas $9,330,000
Andrew Black 39 Belfast. N.I. $8,140,000
Mike Matusow 37 California $7,410,000
Steven Dannenmann 38 Maryland $5,460,000
Joseph Hachem 39 Australia $5,420,000
Daniel Bergsdorf 27 Sweden $5,270,000
Scott Lazar 42 California $3,370,000
Brad Kondracki 24 Pennsylvania $1,180,000

The final days play commences Friday, 16th July at 4 p.m. PDT.

Las Vegas           Baltimore Sun
Dealing with media at poker event

Las Vegas           Yahoo/AP - Adam Goldman
Poker World Series Down to 12 Players
Newsday - AP Photo Gallery

Hong Kong           Yahoo Australia
Release from K Wah Intl Hldgs On Connected Deal
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Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
New Frontier faces possible demolition in '06
Owner of Stratosphere exploring expansion
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Tulsa, Oklahoma           Oklahoma News Channel 8
Casinos Training Dealers For BlackJack
Oklahoman casinos operated by the Osage Nation will add Blackjack from the 29th July.
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Jakarta, Indonesia           The Jakarta Post
Reporters on gambling bosses payroll
An amazing story about illegal gambling operators bribing journalists to not report on their activities.

Beijing, China           The Guardian/Xinhua
Gambling purge nets 700,000

Johannesburg, South Africa           Business Report
Both sides of the story: Johnnic vs HCI

Australia & Cardiff           The Border Mail
Packer casino gamble

Tasmania  & NineMSN/AAP
Bosses not yet sold on Betfair
Betfair's future may soon be decided

Las Vegas          Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's Entertainment Brings World Series of Poker Action To More Venues With Expanded Circuit Tournament Schedule

Las Vegas           Yahoo/Business Wire & AP
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces VendingData Lawsuit Settlement
Shuffle Master Settles Patent Lawsuit With Rival VendingData for $800,000
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Washington           Newsday/AP
Commission reports tribal casinos earned $19.4 billion in 2004
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Atlantic City  & The Press of Atlantic City
Trump casino exec resigns

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